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  • Drug cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva arrested in Mexico

    Drug cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva arrested in Mexico
    Hector Beltran Leyva, remaining kingpin of a once-powerful and increasingly troublesome family-run drug cartel, was captured Wednesday in central Mexico, authorities announced. Beltran Leyva was taken into custody by army forces “without a shot...
  • Feds missed chances to arrest suspected arms smuggler, report says

    Feds missed chances to arrest suspected arms smuggler, report says
    Federal agents on the Southwestern border missed several chances to arrest a suspected arms smuggler providing weapons to Mexican drug cartels, a Department of Justice investigation has concluded. The report, released Thursday by the Justice Department&...
  • Martin Scott Catino: Drug traffickers latest trouble for U.S. at Mexican border

    Highway 80 in southeastern Arizona is an eerie ride in this otherwise beautiful stretch of jagged mountains, boulder-strewn landscapes and powder-blue skies. U.S. border patrol vehicles punctuate this scenic and lightly traveled road, which stretches...
  • Film Review: 'Revenge of the Green Dragons'

    A movie that only comes to life -- and then just barely -- in its moments of tooth-pulling, finger-slicing, gut-twisting violence, "Revenge of the Green Dragons" offers a flashy but unrewarding intro to the vicious Chinese-American youth gangs that ran...
  • Back story of Yasiel Puig's journey to America should concern Dodgers

    Back story of Yasiel Puig's journey to America should concern Dodgers
    Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors...
  • Narcoliterature explores realities of Mexico's drug culture

    Narcoliterature explores realities of Mexico's drug culture
    In Mexico, the drug culture has spawned a genre of its own: Narcoliterature — a blend of fiction and, in some cases, investigative journalism — explores the realities of drug culture. Narcoliterature titles are among Amazon's 100 best-...
  • In Mexico, activist mother of missing man is slain

    In Mexico, activist mother of missing man is slain
    For 2 1/2 years, Sandra Luz Hernandez, like so many Mexican mothers, searched for her missing son. Her activism grew steadily over time. She hung posters of her son and others who had disappeared. She led marches through her hometown of Culiacan, in the...
  • Mexico vigilantes register weapons, are to disband

    Mexico vigilantes register weapons, are to disband
    The scent of limes in the air, Papa Pitufo shouted orders to his men and consulted by cellphone with his far-flung forces. The gray-bearded farmer has emerged as the senior leader of the vigilante movement that has taken over a large swath of wealthy...
  • The Mob In Connecticut: Grasso's Reign Of Terror

     The Mob In Connecticut: Grasso's Reign Of Terror
    HARTFORD — Not many people would consider a 10-year prison sentence a solid career move. But William P. Grasso wasn't like most people. In 1968 he was running dice games and hustling street loans for Ralph "Whitey" Tropiano, a mafia soldier from...
  • In booming marketplace for Cuban players, Puig's tale far from unique

    In booming marketplace for Cuban players, Puig's tale far from unique
    Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles — and riches with the Dodgers — is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique....
  • Shifting drug smuggling routes bring contraband to Florida

    Under cover of night, speed boats sneak into Florida coves and inlets, hauling bundles of marijuana and cocaine. Drugs wash up on shore. Radar aircraft hover, searching for smugglers. And beachgoers stumble onto abandoned bundles of contraband. Like a...